Freeview gets the Sky+ treatment

Torn between Birds of a Feather and Only Fools and Horses on Christmas Day? No more! Now even Freeview watchers can have the luxury of recording two c

Torn between Birds of a Feather and Only Fools and Horses on Christmas Day? No more! Now even Freeview watchers can have the luxury of recording two channels just like those smug little Sky+ users.And being Freeview there’s no subscription to pay for the privilege of using Sharp’s clever digi-box. It’s armed with two digital tuners and a 160GB hard disk which will pack in 80 hours of TV – enough for the entire Christmas and Boxing Day output of BBC1 and ITV, give or take a Muppets special.FeaturesThe standard features are all there including live pausing and picture-in-picture display. A generous eight day programme guide is provided and it’ll record subtitles if that’s important to you.Making a case for the Christmas Scrooges out there, Sharp also claims its box uses up to thirty times less ‘leccy than rival models when on standby. That should please the green brigade as well then.Only pre-orders are being taken at the moment but it should be in the shops any day now.

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Sharp TUR160H Price: £230 On sale: Now Contact: Sharp